Same Hawaii judge blocks Trump’s third order on travel restrictions

Same Hawaii judge blocks Trump’s third order on travel restrictions
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[Ed. – This judge is just playing games.  It’s not his call whether Trump’s justifications are “sufficient.”  The justifications are precisely what Trump has discretion over.  It would be up to Congress to add definitions to that decision criterion, if Congress feels the president has too much latitude.  The law doesn’t give the judge a basis for intruding his own judgment on the policy question.]

Honolulu-based U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, who blocked Trump’s second travel ban in March…granted a temporary restraining order against the third one on Tuesday.

Watson concluded that Trump’s latest effort, a proclamation issued last month restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of eight countries, still appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law.

The State Department confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the decision effectively rescinded much of Trump’s policy, at least for the time being, prompting officials to “resume regular processing of visas” for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. …

[T]he judge said in his 40-page ruling that Trump’s justification for the travel restrictions contained in his Sept. 24 directive was insufficient to invoke a provision in federal law allowing the president to block admission of “any class of aliens….detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

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